Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Disabled DS Provider Caucus
Teryn Robinson, M.Ed., Lake Forest College
Elizabeth (liz) Thomson, M.A., University of Illinois Chicago
Non-Disabled DS Provider Caucus
Jen Dugger, M.A., Portland State University
Melanie Thornton, M.A., University of Arkansas
We are all affected by institutional ableism, and we must work together to dismantle it. This session will be split into two: one group for DS providers who identify as disabled, having disabilities, or having a lack of privilege to do with ability, health, and/or navigating systems and barriers; the other for DS providers who identify as non-disabled or who have non-disabled privilege. This division of DS providers into separate groups provides an environment and intention to critically engage in dialogue about how disability-related power and privilege (or the lack thereof) impact each of us, and how that impact is then felt by the students and colleagues with whom we work. Both groups will discuss strategies for liberation and change. All participants will come together in the final hour.